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3 Ways You Can Support Birds This Fall

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Simple Ways You Can Support Birds This Fall

As the heat of summer starts to dwindle and cooler weather creeps in, this signals autumn has arrived. Did you know that every fall the Sacramento region is one of the most popular stops along The Great Pacific Flyway?

The Great Pacific Flyway is a migratory bird pathway that stretches from Patagonia to Alaska. Each spring and fall, millions of birds travel following food sources and breeding grounds. This expansive journey requires frequent stops for refueling... that is where we come in to help. Read on for simple ways you can help support migratory birds this season.

Be sure to check with your local Audubon Society for current recommendations for safe feeding.
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1. Provide Fuel For The Journey

Have you ever been on a long road trip and needed to stop off at a gas station to refuel on some tasty snacks? Migratory birds face a similar situation when making the journey. There are a few ways you can be that rest stop for tired, hungry birds.
  • Hang a couple of bird feeders throughout your yard, adding easily accessible seeds and nuts for birds to snack on. For hummingbirds, a simple nectar mix in a dispenser will do.
  • Leave those leaves! By not clearing all the fallen leaf clutter you're allowing the perfect foraging material for birds to find tasty grubs.
  • Planting fall seed-bearing plants like the Western Redbud can provide an ample amount of seed for hungry birds.
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2. Hydration For The Long Migration

Installing small running water features in your yard like fountains can be a true lifesaver for birds passing by. Running water will attract birds for a drink or a quick bath before continuing on.

3. Create Habitat And Shelter

Planting evergreen trees that don't lose their foliage in the winter months provide birds with a place to shelter during turbulent weather. You can also put up birdhouses in trees or near your home to provide additional shelter. Blue Spruce or Strawberry Trees are great options for shelter trees.
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Learn More About Your Feathered Friends

If you are interested in supporting and learning more about birds in your local area check out the National Audubon Society.
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